Are AFL fans becoming more selective about what they’ll watch live? | The Canberra Times

Couldn’t we have had a bigger build-up to either of those two showpiece games, left Thursday night alone for now and had at least two games on the Sunday, not leaving the Roos-Giants clash like some sort of sitting duck? Perhaps the AFL really doesn’t care that much about live audiences anymore, given it can negotiate monster broadcasting deals. For clubs, match day revenue certainly counts for a lot less than it used to. And I suspect even the game’s most ardent supporters are starting to pick up on a vibe that as long as they continue to buy memberships and to at least tune in on television, the clubs they support and those who oversee the competition, don’t care overly whether they turn up in the flesh or not.